Avril “Avie” Bisset Haufmann, 89, first president of Legion Post 167 Auxiliary

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Avril Bisset Haufmann
Avril Bisset Haufmann

Avril (Avie) Bisset Haufmann was the first President of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 167, Hampstead, NC, serving twice as President.

Mrs. Haufmann died quietly on Nov. 23, 2013.

She was born in Carnoustie, Scotland on April 30, 1924, to George Cameron Bisset and Louisa Josephine Pirie Bisset. In 1925, Mr. Bisset, “Geordie” to his family and friends, immigrated to Boston, sponsored by his uncle James D. Cameron. In 1926, Mrs. Bisset, “Louie” to her family and friends, and Avie followed him there. After living in several places in Massachusetts they finally ended up in Rye, N.Y. where Geordie and Louie managed a lodging house named Blind Brook Lodge.

Later, they became caretakers on an estate in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. named Bumblebee Farm. Mrs. Haufmann met her future husband, Arne R. Haufmann, while he was recuperating at a nursing home for sick Norwegian sailors. A lot of weekend dances were held there for the local girls. After getting engaged to Arne, they were married on Sept. 4, 1948, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. and had a daughter, Anne-Lise.

The couple moved into their first house in Thornwood, N.Y. in 1960 and after eight years there, they were transferred via General Motors to Belgium where they resided for two years. They returned to Mt. Kisco in 1970 and were transferred to Ohio in 1974 by General Motors. After 14 years there, they finally retired and moved to Hampstead. In 2009, Mrs. Haufmann became a widow.

She came up with the idea of the Thrift Store in Hampstead many years ago, and in later years, Mrs. Haufmann loved to visit friends and relatives and to sit outside to chat with anyone who would chat with her. She loved to laugh and joke around. She was a very outgoing and loving person who made many, many friends. She had a stroke in 2006 and fortunately was able to cope with the results of that for seven years. Her neighbors will remember her walking her beloved black and white little dog, Pepper.

She is survived by her daughter, Anne-Lise Godfrey; cousins and their families in New York, New Jersey, Scotland, Ireland and Newfoundland; and her sister-in-law, nieces and nephews and their families in Norway. She was also a second mom to a lot of her daughter’s best friends, including Sharon Fusco, Nancy Petersen and Debbea Alaimo, and they will all miss her.

Visitation for Mrs. Haufmann will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary Hampstead Chapel followed by her memorial service beginning at 3 p.m. Burial will follow afterwards at Sea Lawn Memorial Park.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.


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